Why do people think they’re being healed?

Why are some people convinced that they’ve been healed by things like the Holy Ghost Hokey Pokey? Todd Friel talks with an Ex-Faith Healer about this topic. I think it’s very important to listen to in order to understand what the problem is with fake “healings”. I’m not saying that God can’t heal people, and I believe He does, but what are the proper means for a Christian to pursue healing? And are these “Holy Ghost Hokey Pokey” guys legitimately pursuing healing in a Biblical manner?

How can you get out of this? Read the Scriptures.

American Christians Threatened by Police for Handing Out Gospel

A couple of days ago, this group was arrested simply for being Christians at the Arab Festival:

For background information, see this post.

Published in: on June 22, 2010 at 5:54 am  Leave a Comment  
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Christians Assaulted in United States

This is where “tolerance” is headed in the United States. Apparently it doesn’t apply to Christians.

If you want to hear these guys talk more on what happened, check out this video:

That was all last year. This year, they got arrested and spent last night in prison. Click here to read more about what happened yesterday.

Published in: on June 19, 2010 at 8:27 am  Leave a Comment  
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What are the Dangers Facing the Young and Reformed?

“Don’t ever buy into the lie that doctrine or theology kills or takes away zeal. True doctrine, true theology will increase zeal. But study is not enough.”

“And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.” (Ephesians 4:11-16)

Consuming Kids

This post is unique in that this video is not explicitly Christian nor does it explicitly deal with Christianity in any form.  However, I think that for parents — especially Christian parents — it is a very, very important video to watch.  This is the society that our kids are being raised in.  This is what our kids are dying in.  This is total depravity, and when it’s packaged as it is in this video, it’s not too hard to see that.  However, when we see it as we go about our daily lives, it’s not as obvious.  It’s easy to ignore.  We’ve grown accustomed to wading through feces as we go about our daily American lives.

Remember when we defined the “G” rating as “Disney”?  Well, just look at the freeze frame representing the video and tell me that you want your kids to see a young girl with her breasts nearly bared for the world to see.  Yep, that’s the Disney channel today.  Rest assured that I will not permit my children to entertain themselves with that excrement, and I think it’s safe for me to say that neither should you.  If you want entertainment, at least read.  At least work your brain a little.  (I’m not suggesting you should be a legalist and watch no television, but you should be careful — especially with what your kids watch!)

WARNING: Some “explicit” content (including improperly dressed girls on the Disney channel):

The video is an advertisement for the book Consuming Kids: The Hostile Takeover of Childhood.

(via Tim Challies)

Published in: on June 12, 2010 at 6:09 am  Comments (3)  
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Bullwhip Guy

Let’s call this part 2 of the critique of Rob Bell’s Bullhorn Guy video.  You’ve got to admit — this guy has a great point.

Thanks to Dave for posting this one in yesterday’s comments.

A Bullhorn Guy Response

I thought this was a great response to Rob Bell’s “Bullhorn” Nooma video by Todd Friel.

Published in: on June 8, 2010 at 7:27 am  Comments (2)  
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Do you truly know God?

Okay, I know this is slightly longer than five minutes, but it’s worth watching.

If you enjoyed this, check out Tchividjian’s book, Surprised By Grace: God’s Relentless Pursuit of Rebels.

Published in: on June 7, 2010 at 5:17 am  Comments (4)  
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That’s My King!

“Most people lack the true repentance. They lack the true contrition, the true brokenness. They are void of urgent desperation. They don’t have a true relationship to Jesus Christ. They just “hang around” Jesus… And they do not know what it means to bow to that which is eternal. To be concerned about that. They want a gospel that doesn’t ask for repentance. They want a gospel that has no threats. They want a gospel that allows them to have some superficial attachment to Jesus, but not a bowing to His absolute sovereignty at any cost. They want a gospel that fixes them in this world to make them more comfortable. That’s not it. And that’s not what Jesus offers.”
—John MacArthur

This & a few other parts of the sermon were left out of the video (it immediately followed):

He always has been and He always will be. I’m talking about the fact that He had no predecessor and He’ll have no successor. There’s nobody before Him and there’ll be nobody after Him. You can’t impeach Him and He’s not going to resign. That’s my King! That’s my King!

Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory. Well, all the power belongs to my King. We’re around here talking about black power and white power and green power, but in the end all that matters is God’s power. Thine is the power. Yeah. And the glory. We try to get prestige and honor and glory for ourselves, but the glory is all His. Yes. Thine is the Kingdom and the power and glory, forever and ever and ever and ever. How long is that? Forever and ever and ever and ever. . . And when you get through with all of the evers, then . . .Amen!

– S.M. Lockeridge


Published in: on June 5, 2010 at 8:11 am  Comments (11)  
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Don’t Play Games

This is a bomb video that really speaks truth.  It’s so important that we “work out our own salvation with fear and trembling”.  Why?  “For it is God who works in [us], both to will and to work for his good pleasure” (Phil 2:12-13).

We must hold to the Scriptures, as Paul did, explaining that he was “holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ [he] may be proud that [he] did not run in vain or labor in vain” (Phil 2:16).

Why is it so important to be in the race?  Because, in Jesus’ own words, “the one who endures to the end will be saved” (Matt 24:13).